CareSearch Blog: Palliative Perspectives

Reflections of a palliative care pharmacist at the Repatriation General Hospital

A guest blog post by Jenny Casanova, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

  • 6 December 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
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Reflections of a palliative care pharmacist at the Repatriation General Hospital
Since 2004 I have had the privilege of being the clinical pharmacist at Daw House, a 15-bed hospice based at Repat Hospital, which is in the original homestead built prior to the hospital’s 1942 inception. The first patient came to Daw House in 1988 and the last left in 2017, transferred to the new Laurel Hospice at Flinders Medical Centre. 

During the time that I have been with Southern Adelaide Palliative Service, the nature of palliative care has changed enormously.

Reflections of the 'Repat'

A guest blog post by Tony Lawson, Executive Officer, Daw House Hospice Foundation

  • 29 November 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 361
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Reflections of the 'Repat'

Palliative Care is active care that aims to relieve suffering and promote comfort when cure is no longer possible. This care provides physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual support for patients, families and their friends. The Southern Adelaide Palliative Services (SAPS) is an award winning consultative service providing care for people with a life limiting illness in southern metropolitan Adelaide. Raising funds to support services helps to improve the lives of people affected by life limiting illness and their families. Dying affects us all.

Reflections on Daw House

A guest blog post by Kate Swetenham, Service Director, Southern Adelaide Palliative Services, SA Health

  • 22 November 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 410
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Reflections on Daw House
I was appointed as the Clinical Nurse of Daw House in September 2002. I remember my first impressions of the place. As an outsider coming from a brand new hospital I found the aesthetic to be something that required a complete overhaul, but I was greeted by an enthusiastic nurse who said to me, “I know what you are thinking, this place is amazing!”
No, that is not what I was thinking. But I can tell you that within half an hour of commencing my first shift in Daw House I witnessed something that I thought health care had lost. I witnessed holistic patient care like I had never seen before.

Learning and vulnerability in end-of-life communication

A guest blog post by Kim Devery, Lead of End-of-Life Essentials, Senior Lecturer and Head of Teaching Section, Palliative Care, Flinders University

  • 6 November 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 403
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Learning and vulnerability in end-of-life communication

In spring each year, postgraduate students from all around Australia leave family and work responsibilities to spend 2 intensive days at Flinders University in Adelaide. These professionals come to interact with peers and facilitators to learn more about communication at the end of life, the topic covered as core in all of our courses. 

Communication, the cornerstone of excellent end-of-life care, is that delicate skill that can flourish in the fertile environment of mindful practice and supportive critique. 

Supporting lay carers to provide palliative symptom management

A guest blog post from Professor Liz Reymond, Director, Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative

  • 23 October 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 506
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Supporting lay carers to provide palliative symptom management
The aim of modern palliative care, whether provided by generalist, or specialist service providers, is to support palliative patients to live and die within the context of their lives, in the setting of their choice, with symptom control and a pattern of care that is supportive of patients’ caregivers.

Most Australian palliative care patients prefer to be cared for at home and the majority want to die at home, though only about 16% of Australians achieve that wish [1]. While there is no nationally consistent data on the volume of community services providing palliative care, it is known to be limited [2].

 
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